DPMKE Presents

I AM BECAUSE YOU ARE

November 12-13, 2022

Baumgartner Center for Dance

128 N Jackson St., Milwaukee, WI


Saturday, November 12, 2022: 6:00pm & 8:30pm
Sunday, November 13, 2022: 6:00pm

“I Am Because you are, and you are because I am.” Danceworks celebrates 30 years in Milwaukee and DPMKE celebrates 25 years as a company! In celebration we explore the philosophy known as “Ubuntu” by looking back at the unforgettable work that has shaped Danceworks through the years. This philosophy, a belief in which our common bonds with others shape us deeply, single handedly reflects our community's investment in helping shape our identity. We are also able to fully become who we are by unapologetically sharing ourselves with others and our history as a company runs through the veins of each new work we present. Please venture back in time with us to remember through a documentary telling and live embodiment of the company’s touching, comedic, and curious works that have become Danceworks favorites. Los Angeles artist and Milwaukee Native Taryn Vander Hoop will set new repertoire on DPMKE and Dawn Springer, Gina Laurenzi and Christal Wagner will revisit and craft brand new works for the stage respectively.
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DPMKE and Milwaukee Opera Theatre Presents

RUSALKA

February 9-12, 2023

Danceworks Studio Theatre

1661 N Water St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202


Thursday, February, 9th & Friday, February, 10th: 7:30
Saturday, February, 11th: 4:30 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday, February, 12th: 3:00 pm & 6:00 pm

Danceworks Performance MKE and Milwaukee Opera Theater take the stage for their 7th collaboration and telling of the tale of Rusalka, a story of a water nymph searching for humanity through love by way of magic. This musical fairy tale, resembling the classic The Little Mermaid, is rooted in Czech folklore, with compositions by folk music inspired Antonín Dvoƙák, libretto by Jaroslav Kvapil. Alongside this tale's classic arias will be a modern day restructuring of the story by writer, Jason Powell, who is no stranger to sharing the stage with Danceworks and MOT. His writing reimagines this story through a modern day lens by crafting playful commentary on the current state of our water climate while comparing our blind fantasies of indulgent living to Rusalka's fantasies with love.
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DPMKE Presents

SMALL BUT MIGHTY

June 2-4, 2023

Milwaukee Youth Arts Center

325 W Walnut, Milwaukee, WI


Friday, June 2nd: 7:30pm
Saturday, June 3rd: 4:30pm & 7:30pm
Sunday, June 4th: 2:30pm

In celebration of live contemporary American music, Danceworks shares space with emerging Milwaukee chamber ensembles and an exciting collaboration between DPMKE member Nekea Leon and the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Steel Band Ensemble. Featured musical guests include the Microcosm Ensemble, the Black Cat Ensemble, and the Cosmo Reed Quintet. A highlight of the concert is composer Jenni Brandons Wildflower Quintet for Reeds. The company dancers will share the concert, crafting world premieres and exposing our unique voices. Chamber music known for highlighting a single voice celebrates subtlety and intimacy while creating space for clarity, direction, and powerful ornamentation. This show celebrates the individual and the power of allowing one person to speak at a time.
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